My Response To The Daily Mail’s Hatchet Job On Mum Bloggers…

Oh you rotters. You’ve done it again. Not content with degrading The Labour Party and the International Development community, you’ve turned your hateful attentions to us mum bloggers, singling out The Unmumsy Mum & Hurrah For Gin for extra detention. You call us ‘slapdash’ and ‘patronising’ to those who feel fulfilled as mothers. You accuse us of pimping out our…

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*Book Review Week – Julia Donaldson: My Children’s Favourites & Why (In Their Own Words)

My final post for the Kids Vs Copy Book Review Week is all about Julia Donaldson. I could wax lyrical about her rhyming couplets but that’s a bit Guardian Books for my liking. Instead, I’m going to let my kids take the lead which is much more fun. I’ve asked them to choose three Julia Donaldson books each and explain…

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*Book Review Week – 3 Books That Help Young Children Deal With Emotions (Ages 2-5)

We’re not immune to tantrums in our house. In fact they come with a depressing regularity… But it’s all too easy for me to roll my eyes and mutter under my breath, chastising my child for their unreasonable behaviour yet again. Last year I read an interesting article about the effects of a tantrum on a toddler. Their sense of shame…

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‘Mummy Porn’: Why I Push The Barriers Of ‘Happily Ever After’

I hate the term ‘Mummy Porn’… It belittles what I do. It somehow implies that I spend my days and evenings sweating over my laptop like some dirty old man and his stash of magazines. Nor am I a sex maniac who uses her writing as an outlay from some serious frustration (although I’m sure Matt would be delighted if…

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5 Essential Books for Bedtime (0-5yrs)

We love books in our house. Our bookshelves are overflowing with trips to Narnia and Hogwarts. Today I decided to bring order to our literary chaos. I did this by dividing the books up into two categories – 0-5yrs (Jess) and 6+ (Emily). Now each girl has an age appropriate range of stories in their bedroom. The bit before bed is the best time…

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The Best Of Times, The Worst Of Times: Charles Dickens, My Grandfather & Me

My grandfather loved Charles Dickens. His favourite book was ‘A Tale of Two Cities’ and I remember him reading me passages from it as a child. Sadly, he and my grandmother passed away recently. Their house is in the process of being sold and I’ve been helping mum sort through their belongings I came across my grandfather’s Charles Dickens collection last…

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BBC Radio 2 500 Words Competition

Can I just take a moment to say a HUGE super-proud-mummy congratulations to my daughter, Emily, for making it through to the last 5000 in the BBC Radio 2 Short Story Competition!!!!!!!!!! 131,798 children entered so it’s not a bad achievement for a 6 yr old! She first told me her story in early Feb and I was blown away…

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